VOD Spotlight: “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star”

Adam Sandler has played some wonderful losers in his career — Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison and Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy), just to name three — and also has a knack for finding others to do the same onscreen. In Bucky Larson, he puts Nick Swardson (Reno 911!), who has worked in a number of other films produced by Sandler’s company Happy Madison Productions, in the role of the dimwitted but likable grocery bagger Bucky Larson. When Larson discovers that his parents were porn stars years before, he heads to Hollywood to follow in their footsteps.

“We wanted to make a comedy set in the porn world, but it’s not just that,” says Swardson. “The movie is sweeter than you might think. That world is just a backdrop for the movie. It’s a fish-out-of-water comedy about a guy trying to find where he belongs.”

This could be terrible, as Hollywood is filled with plenty of bad people. However, the innocent characters in Sandler films have the knack for attracting the right people to help them, just as Sandler has a knack for attracting great actors for the roles in his films.

Larson is aided in his quest for fame by a girl with dreams of her own, played by Christina Ricci (Pan Am), and a sleazy, washed-up porn film director, played by Don Johnson (Nash Bridges). “[Don’s] a very fine and nuanced actor and really funny, something that doesn’t get talked about a lot,” director Tom Brady says.

Also in the cast is Stephen Dorff, playing the porn industry’s biggest star. Dorff, known for dramatic and action roles in films such as World Trade Center and Blade, decided that acting in an Adam Sandler comedy would be a good change of pace. “Adam Sandler is an old buddy of mine, and I told him I wanted to do a comedy. He called me back an hour later and told me he had something for me. I thought it was a hysterical part and a hysterical script, so I went for it.” He approached the role as he did his others. “You come from a real place, where you believe what your character is saying, no matter how crazy it is.”

“Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” is available starting Jan. 17 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.

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